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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 2, 2010 6:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Road Trips and Early Dead 68-71

You'll get no argument from me...on both fronts.

All the releases have been surprises to me (er, all early era ones) in that I have always been happy with the improvement over what I have. I don't necessarily go for the packaging, but if it keeps costs down, WTF?

I have always thought that the early era holds so much for me because of the complexity of each yr (we do tend to use that convenient period for recollections, separation of events, etc.) with 68 having an extremely complex developmental theme (think Jan Clementine to "fast" StSt of Dec 29), not to mention personnel changes and near changes. June thru Dec are key to me; and one only has to go as far as 14 Jun to be convinced that we need more of that month, and the one before and the one after...crap.

The lead up to the Famed Fillmore Run, however, with its residual effects, leads to a bit of repetition from Jan thru May, and then, the work up of the Workingman's material, surfacing in bits and pieces in the summer and fall, and the first acoustic attempts late that yr, leads to a somewhat erratic second half for 69.

Though we take the Fillmore Run as so critical, with the repetition tending to homogenize the first six months, and the new material/new approaches setting the second six months apart, though seemingly similar to transitions of 68, somehow leave me feeling slightly (only slightly) less enamored of fall 69...

All that drivel to say "yeah, 68 wins"

[for detractors, I always found the Aug 69 shows to be particularly lacking; start there for a test of the hypothesis]

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Dec 2, 2010 7:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Road Trips and Early Dead 68-71

One problem in comparing the years ( 68-69) is the relatively few shows we have for 68 , where we have lots of 69 . I might take the first 3rd of 69, for the wonderful Dark Stars alone , and I think I prefer the Other One's in this period . Mostly of the other material they have in common I prefer 68, for all the reasons you do .
One could argue that the pre-Working Man's, psychedelic , band was "formative",
Somewhere in late 69, you start to get the band that would continue to 95 ; but it is essential . Note that All the post Jerry bands that PHil has been involved with (inc. Furthur) there is much more emphasis on this "early" stuff . They may have become better song writers, instrumentalist, but in some ways they never toped the explosive joy of The Eleven " My 2 cents .

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 2, 2010 1:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Road Trips and Early Dead 68-71

"...but in some ways they never toped the explosive joy of The Eleven. My 2 cents"

Yup; I'd even suggest minor editing to wit:

"...but they never toped the explosive joy of The Eleven. My buck an a quarter"